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February 16, 2018

Someone Close to Nikolas Cruz Called the FBI On January 5th To Warn Them About Cruz's Gun Ownership, His Threats to Kill People, and His Disturbing Social Media Posts, but the FBI Failed to Investigate

"If you see something, say something" is pointless if the authorities don't actually do something.


The FBI says it failed to investigate a specific report in January that Nikolas Cruz could be plotting a school shooting.

The agency said Friday that the tip should've been investigated thoroughly because it was a potential threat to life....

No shit, really?

On Jan. 5, a tipster who was close to Cruz called the FBI and provided information about Cruz’s guns, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts. The FBI says the caller expressed concerns Cruz could attack a school.

The FBI was also notified about a comment on a YouTube video posted by a "Nikolas Cruz" last year. It investigated the comment but did not determine who made it.

Are their computers seriously incapable of running a search for the uncommon name "Nikolas Cruz" and determining they've had two warnings about a mass shooting regarding this guy?

3... 2... 1... before the LEO jock-sniffers rush in to tell us "if you criticize clear failures by the FBI or our intel communities, you're undermining their precious authority and are also a PUTIN SPY."

I had the same problem with these sorts of people during the Ebola outbreak, when the same sort of authority-worshipping, the-plebes-must-be-reassured-of-our-competence-even-if-it-means-lying-to-them assholes kept bleating that we must Have Faith In Our Bureaucrats or else we are Subversives.

Despite the fact that the head of the NIH was on tv lying to the public, claiming ebola could not be spread by a sneeze. (Spoiler alert: It could, and it was.)

Fuck you. Authority and trust are earned, not owed.

There's only a single special case where authority and trust are thought to be owed, not earned, and that is to God. Those who suggest that the same obligatory faith must be extended to government workers are engaging in a bizarre form of idolatry.

There's a thing called "accountability," and it doesn't stop at the threshold of a government bureaucrat's office door.

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